Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Houston

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Enjoy a quaint, French country atmosphere in the heart of Rice Village.
4. Cafe Rabelais
One of the best French restaurants in town is located in an unassuming spot in Rice Village decorated to look like a rustic French farmhouse. The food is more gourmet than rustic, though, with dishes like boeuf bourguignon, seared foie gras, rack of lamb and some of the best moules frites in town. Service is swift but unpretentious, and the small place -- which doesn't take reservations -- fills up quickly for dinner starting at 6 p.m. Get there early for a meal that will have you and your honey on a mental vacation to the French countryside.

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The mix of modern and Medieval style décor is funky but also oddly alluring.
3. Mockingbird Bistro
John Sheely's Mediterranean and American restaurant is known for two things: quality interpretations of simple, classic dishes, and the off-beat Medieval décor, which I'm told was left by the space's previous inhabitant. There are scarlet walls, red velvet chairs and chandeliers vaguely reminiscent of Medieval torture devices, all of which add to a feeling of both luxury and mystery to accompany the delicious food. The mismatched elements also add to a feeling of levity that keeps the elegant restaurant from feeling too fancy for a fun, relaxed date.

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1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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5709 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca

500 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brasserie 19

1962 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


9595 Six Pines Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Rabelais

2442 Times Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Etoile Cuisine et Bar

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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On any cold night, I'll take the fire-lit room and a steamy duck gumbo at Rainbow Lodge. Close to the city yet it moves me to the streams and mountains of Idaho...about as romantic as I can feel these days.


I would add Cinq to the list and as a bonus there are rooms for the night upstairs! 

del.martinis topcommenter

Seems French is the most Romantic! 

Chris Franklin
Chris Franklin

Huh. They should be easy. They are on KTRHs top 10. Ryan is doing an interview this morning.

Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Chris Franklin how on earth is Brenner's on the Bayou not on this list?

Bruce_Are topcommenter

Corn dog on a stick at the mall. This will subtly introduce tumescence.


Romance, like the effects of weather, happens internally, if you're an imaginative human of warmth and optimism. I think that's what the clever, somewhat illiterate, fellows below are trying to convey.

Xavier Balderas
Xavier Balderas

Close, but you have to understand the authenticity of the mexican cuisine taco bell as well...

Jeff Berlat
Jeff Berlat

Black Eyed Pea comes in a close 2nd.

Xavier Balderas
Xavier Balderas

Popeyes off of Antoine and Pinemont on a tuesday afternoon... can't get anymore romantic with a chick than that gem. :)



Tiny little French place in my hood that I really like...modern but romantic...L'Olivier. Guy used to chef for an uber romantic family in Switzerland, name of Onasis.

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

I agree.  It was the original Rainbow Lodge.

KaitlinS topcommenter

@Bruce_Are  I love how everyone is suggesting fast food places an junk food in the comments. Houston, you know how to loooooove.

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